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Houses torched in NC hills
Published on 22 May. 2009 1:19 AM IST
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Several houses in two villages of Assam’s most trouble-torn North Cachar hill district was set ablaze by miscreants today. Miscreants set ablaze several abandoned houses in Dibaowla and Nirimbangla villages. However, there was no report of any casualty, police said. The villagers had abandoned the houses following recent acts of arson in the district and had taken shelter in relief camps. Police reinforcements have been rushed to the spot. The district administration ordered closure of schools and early summer vacation in view of the prevailing law and order situation. The summer vacations normally start from June. Meanwhile, the Fact Finding Team comprising of Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (South) and Civil Society Initiatives (CSI) on May 19 and 20 had visited Tousem, Mandeu and Aben villages of Tamenglong, Manipur where more than 600 displaced Zeme Nagas are taking shelter. According to a joint statement issued by NPMHR (S) convenor, Phamhring Sengul and CSI convenor, Sai Prasad said the displaced villagers had gone to Manipur because of the growing sense of insecurity that was being felt by minorities in the district and the lack of relief. Stating that many more villagers were still arriving in Manipur with practically no support, the Fact Finding Team said Manipur government has failed to provide basic humanitarian support to those displaced. With regard to this, the team has strongly urged both central and state governments to take the situation seriously and respond to the needs of the displaced people. It also urged to provide adequate security and support to vulnerable groups such as women and children. Further, the Fact Finding Team has also urged the government and all concerns for immediate humane response to the needs of the people who are affected by the uncertain situation.

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